Todd Elsworth | 07/11/2018 | Insider Blogs |   

Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard Rentals at Lake Padden

Bellingham’s Lake Padden Park has a lot to offer in the summer months! You can rent single and tandem kayaks or stand up paddleboards (SUPs) from Yeager’s Sporting Goods to get out on the water and try these fun fair weather sports. Whether you’re a local or a visitor to our fair city this is a great way to get out on the water and experience freshwater paddling in the Northwest.

Step one: Head into the store to outfit yourself in the Yeager’s Paddle Department.

Whether you want to demo a kayak for the first time or just want take the family out for a sunny day of Standup Paddle (SUP) Boarding, the Paddle Shop at Yeager’s has everything you need! 

Stop by their storefront to check out their rentals, ask questions, set up a delivery or set up a time for a private demo with Yeager's staff! 

That's right, they deliver. Yeager's will deliver SUPs or kayaks to any Whatcom County lake, just stop to set up a time! 

Yeager’s Sporting Goods offers hourly rentals with plenty of boats and equipment to choose from. The kayaks are stable and can accommodate one or two people.

These types of boats were invented by local paddle legend Tim Niemier and became famous through his brand Ocean Kayak!

The shallow beach at the lakeshore offers a great place to put in and launch your adventure. Below, a grandma and her grandkids enjoy a stand-up paddleboard rental in the photo below, while another family is out for a trip in their canoe.

During the summer, the lake is relatively warm, so getting on a stand-up paddleboard and swimming off your personal swim platform is ideal. So come prepared to swim and relax in the fresh cool water.

The SUPers (I think that’s how you refer to people on stand-up paddleboards) stayed close to shore enjoying the ducks circling around in the reed grass. Remember to look up in the sky when you are paddling Lake Padden. There are often bald eagles, osprey and other native or transiting birds filling the sky.

Off in the distance, the canoe made it’s way across the lake, giving a sense of the scope of the water body and showing how it is ringed by cedar and firs around the shore.

I got out on the water to check out the scene. Paddling over near the swim beach, SUPers line the horizon, enjoying the tranquility of the lake and lack of motorized boats. The lake is often calm, providing for a smooth surface to get up to speed on paddling techniques.

If you venture out around the lake, you will find small marshes, pocket beaches and even a rope swing for the daring. The lake is filled with non-motorized craft with people out fishing, paddling and you’ll also find a handful of swimmers out training for local or regional triathlons like the Lake Padden TRI & Lake Whatcom Triathlon.

When you do go to Lake Padden to rent a boat and get out on the water, you’ll walk from the swim beach, follow the path down to the left and you’ll see the Yeager’s tent set up, waiting and ready to get you out safely on the water.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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